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NEMSCA Gives School Supplies to Alpena Students for Upcoming School Year

The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency is getting kids ready for school.

They set up at Splash Park in Alpena on Wednesday to give out school supplies in the hopes of them having a great year. “I’m just so thankful for our community that came together to make this be such a successful event,” said Lisa Werth, NEMSCA. “We invited a total of 75 children, but we’re bringing other families with us because it’s all about the families and keeping them apart of it.”

One student gets a haircut and another admires her backpack at NEMSCA’s school supplies giveaway.

Not only do these supplies prepare them for the work ahead, it makes sure they’re not left out when that first school bell rings. “Just to have all the things necessary, be ready for school, and to come in with a great smile and just have all their school supplies just like all the other children can make or break a kid’s day,” said Werth.

In addition to the supplies, NEMSCA also provided free haircuts to get the kids looking good for their first day. “Some students can’t afford some of this stuff and it’s provided,” said Tom Hilferg, a grandfather. “So they’re starting the year off equal to everyone else. Nobody’s going to say you don’t have this or you don’t have that.”

While Wednesday’s event only covered Alpena students, NEMSCA is hoping for more donations so they can broaden their reach for next year.